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Cornstalk DSM to make summer a little cornier

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:10 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES — Two Newton residents, Allison (Bell) Delagardelle and Phil Peden, have organized a three-day event in Des Moines titled Cornstalk DSM.

The event will be from July 19 to 21, and all proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Cornball will kick off the weekend at Living History Farms at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, with a gourmet corn-inspired dinner catered by Occasions Made Right and beer pairing by Peace Tree Brewing. After the meal, the Flynn Barn will host the dessert and dancing with DJ Eight Ten.

Two events will take place downtown on Saturday, July 20, at The Venue. Cornmeal will be from noon to 3 p.m. and feature local restaurants sampling their “corncoctions,” along with a few Iowa-made beverages. The Snacks will be providing the musical entertainment. Determined by the attendees’ votes, the title of “Crop Dog” will be on the line. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Cornucopia will offer live music and all-you-can-eat sweet corn with flavor-infused butters. Later in the evening, awards will be presented for Des Moines’ corniest faces and places. A Brewfest wrist band will get you $5 off at the door.

Cornstalk DSM will conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21, with Cornholio, a corn hole “bags” tournament at Exile Brewery. Thirty-two teams of two will compete for cash prizes.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, as well as spots for local restaurants to participate in Cornmeal. For more information, call (319) 239-8289, email info@cornstalkdsm.com or visit www.cornstalkdsm.com.

All events are for those age 21 and older, and IDs will be checked at the door.